The Draft Pool has been approved and posted, and for the first time ever, will include non-amateurs from the independent Bull Oceanic League, as well as the top college and high school players.
There are over 2,000 eligible players in this year’s draft, although only abut 600 will be selected over the course of the 2017 First Year Player Draft.
Undrafted players will either become free agents, or in the case of BOL players, return to their existing pro contracts in that league, which runs from September to December.
The top players out of the college/high school level include some names that have been noted during the CAN-AM college, Pacific Rim college, and Nor-Am High School seasons, which are just wrapping up.
The list includes 17 year old Ben Price, who played RF for Dallas Sports Academy (NAHS), where he won the Triple Crown (.444 / 18 / 58), and was an All-Star selection. Price hit a Grand Slam against Guadalupe High School during game 2 of the NAHS World Series, in a 10-3 rout of the Mexican high school team that tied the series. Guadalupe would eventually win the best-of-three in the next game, but Price proved his value with a key clutch homer, and a series batting average of .300 (3 for 10), and series leading total 5 RBIs.
Everglades U’s Duane Carrere, a 20-year old RHP, had a great year despite the Swampmen struggling to a 30-30 (.500) finish, forging a 4.2 Pitcher WAR on a 5-4 record and 2.41 ERA in 12 starts. Carrere’s WHIP was a respectable 1.05, and he kept the balls in the park most of the time, allowing just 7 HR’s over 97 innings.
Fraser Valley U’s Dan Mott is also at the top of the list. The 22-year old starting pitcher was 8-1 with a 1.30 ERA, also earning a surprising 7 saves as he dabbled in relief appearances, working a gem of a slider to the tune of 68 K’s in just 62.1 innings.
The 2017 draft is scheduled for June 17.